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January 5, 2015 - The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce, community members, family and friends attended a ribbon cutting for the new Our Town Times, formerly known as Timpson & Tenaha News, with owner Chad Pate on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Paul Smith, Chamber of Commerce President, said, "The new year began with Timpson on the balance of maintaining or losing the oldest business in town." He continued speaking about the history of Timpson & Tenaha News saying it is the oldest business in town which had announced at the end of the year it would be no more.

"Thanks to a hometown young man (who) just days earlier received his college degree, Chad Pate took on the challenge to continue this paper. Chad has energy, lots of youthful ideals, and the ability to accomplish them" spoke Smith. He spoke about changes and how Timpson and Shelby County is growing and said what we have to do is grow with it.

Smith finished by saying, "Thank you Chad for taking this responsibility on and helping our town out."

Chad Pate then cut the ribbon and invited everyone to enjoy refreshments and visit with one another. Pate said, "I really appreciate everybody that is here in support; it really means a lot. You guys and all the surrounding communities and surrounding towns have been showing unbelievable support for us and encouragement and that has really meant a lot." He also mentioned appreciation of the staff saying, "I may be the owner but this is your paper and that's really important to me, all of us. The greatest things that came along with this has been the staff that was here." Pate finished saying, "Thank you and I really look forward to going into the 130th year."

Local officials attending was City of Timpson Mayor Debra Smith, City of Tenaha Mayor Orintha Johnson, and Tenaha City Council Member Claudine Howard.

December 29, 2014 - City of Center and Drewery Construction workers have been making repairs on Monday, December 29, 2014 to the end of Riggs Street at the intersection with Shelbyville Street and separately to the end of Runnels Street at the intersection with Austin Street just off the Center square.

Chad Nehring, City Manager, explained the work is being done in these areas on valley gutters where rainwater historically has ponded since TxDOT did some work on these streets. The workers are attempted to remedy this ponding situation and are planning to pour concrete tomorrow on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

Riggs Street will remain closed until sometime Tuesday, December 30, 2014 for gas line work before reopening. The street is expected to also be closed for several days on the following week.

December 23, 2014 - Project String Power's Super Group String orchestra preparing to present a concert for the Delta Gamma Chapter's December 8th meeting at Tenaha First Baptist Church. Delta Gamma invited the public to attend an evening of classical Christmas music. Over 80 people enjoyed this inspirational gathering. The orchestra is under the direction of Leonard Kacenjar, who has been conductor of the Marshall Symphony for 39 years. Members of the group are from Shelbyville, Tenaha, Carthage, Shreveport, and Marshall.

December 22, 2014 - The United Pentecostal Church of Center and the Shelby County Attorney’s office jointly held a party for deserving children in connection with the annual Shelby County Attorney’s toy drive.

We are pleased to announce that the party was a huge success. This year we were able to give gifts to over 400 very deserving children at the party and our office. The United Pentecostal church members once again did a fantastic job providing decorations, food, entertainment and tee shirts for the children. The County Attorney and staff would like to thank the Community for all the generous donations. Thanks to you these children will have a very Merry Christmas!

Pictured are some of the wrapped toys that were given out at the party and some of the kids and their parents who attended the party.


December 22, 2014 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their December meeting with the following winners in the December Critique "Seasons".

The Piney Woods Photographic Society is meant for camera enthusiasts of all skills and interests. Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography. We try to create programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.

Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member. The January 2015 meeting will be held January 17, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, Center, Tx. 9:00 a.m. New memberships are available, for more information please contact, Billie Jones, Secretary, 936-598-7778, or

Theme: Seasons

December 2014 Challenge Winners -

 First Place
 Janet Hughes

 Second Place
 Janice Carter

 Third Place
 Donna Holt

December 19, 2014 - JC Lewis Contractors/Managers held a Christmas Open House and relocation ribbon cutting on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Members of the community and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce (SCCOC) Ambassadors were present to share in this event.

Pam Phelps, SCCOC Executive Director, welcomed all present and introduced Jerry Lewis, owner of the company. She remarked on his and his wife Brandy Lewis' involvement in the community and on their volunteer work.

Different members of the company were introduced by Lewis as well as his wife, who he explained handles a great deal of the unassigned duties at the company. The employees introduced included: Tracy Murph, accounts payable; Jerrod Fleming, estimator/IT/project management; Bambi Wilburn, accounts receivable/project clerk. Lewis stated there are a host of people working for the company in the field handling projects all over the state into Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Lewis spoke some about the company, what kind of work they do and where they are currently working, "Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas are the four states that we currently work in and center all our activities in. That's kind of what we do, we build multi-family housing and custom residential homes along with sub-divisions. So we come in and plat the entire development, build all of the infrastructure, put in the streets, build the homes and either turn the homes over to our clients or sell the homes to our clients, depending on the delivery."

City, state and local governments make up some of the clientelle of JC Lewis and an example of this is working in Tilden which is south of San Antonio, "We're building a sub-division for the school district there. So it's very unique our approach of a lot of things, something you wouldn't see very often, but it's been very effective for us and we've kind of filled a niche that our clients couldn't find to be filled," said Lewis.

Light commercial is another construction category which the company handles and Lewis described the Timpson Library project and various other commercial projects in the surrounding states. He also stated a hospital project in Logansport, La. which JC Lewis will be a part is in the planning stage at this time. The School of Architecture at LSU was also a renovation project which the company has completed.

Followin the introduction, a ribbon cutting was held at the front of the facility and those present took a tour of the facility while enjoying refreshments.

December 19, 2014 - On December 16, 2014 at First Baptist Church the following students pictured played in Christmas Recital: Back row Clara Murphy, Hannah Fountain,Connor Downs, Mason McGown, Leandra Wilson, Emily Evans. Second row, Hanna Wall, Shelbie Miller, Raven Jenkins, Camden Boyette, Kailey Sowell,Bethany Dorsey, Jalyn Mosley. Front Row: Zoe McKinney, Justina Griffin And Justine M Chavez.

December 17, 2014 - The staff at the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center would like to thank those of you who contributed to our annual toy drive. We have had so many child victims and families in crisis come through our Center this year, and with your help we have been able to provide Christmas cheer at a time in their lives when it is most needed.

Your generosity is a reminder to them that they are loved and valuable. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every person who gave food, funds, clothes, bikes, toys, and the gift of your time.

Photo: Collard home

December 17, 2014 - The Pine Terrace Property Owners Association in Center names a Yard of the Month (YOTM) for Christmas every year in their neighborhood, and they judge houses on their holiday decorations.

Donna Holt is the president of the association and she stated the panel of judges is a secret one, and this year they found it quite difficult to choose. As a result, two houses tied and each received house of the month.

Photo: Willoughby home

The homeowners are Dr. Randy and Benita Collard and Tony and Traci Willoughby. The homeowners decked their houses out with lights and decorations. The Collards have musical accompaniment with their lights and there are several holiday creatures in the Willoughby's yard.

December 17, 2014 - On December 10 Center Garden Club met in the home of Mrs. Carolyn Bounds. President Colleen Doggett presided. Mrs. Cindy Brown was introduced as the Club's new member, and Mr. Jesse Griffith of Santa Rides a Motorcycle and Mrs. Anna Stuevers were welcomed as guests. The Club presented Mr. Griffith with a two-hundred-dollar donation for Christmas toy purchases.

Mrs. Bounds presented a program on Yuletide decorating with natural materials such as greenery, fruits (pineapples, apples, pears, citrus, berries, pomegranates, osage oranges...), cones, nuts, vegetables, forced bulbs, and more. Inspired by Colonial Williamsburg (the Della Robbia tradition), Mrs. Bounds, also, showcased various Colonial Williamsburg design forms: the pyramid, the swag, the plaque, the wreath, and the fan (fruit) board which she creates each Christmas season to adorn the front of the Bounds home.

Following the business meeting and program, the club enjoyed a delightful lunch and social social hour.